RIP: CBS Newsman Don Hewitt Dies at 86

Posted: Aug 19, 2009 4:07 PM
Don Hewitt joined CBS News in 1948 just as the television medium was taking off.  In 1960, he produced the first-ever nationally televised presidential debate between John Kennedy and Richard Nixon.  In the late 1960s, Hewitt pitched an idea for a one-hour program that mixed news and special feature stories. "60 Minutes," Hewitt's remaining legacy, was born on Sept. 24, 1968, when the stopwatch began ticking.